Baseball team KT WIZ captain Park Kyung-soo (39) expressed his “grounded” confidence ahead of the first game of their best-of-five playoff series against the NC Dinos.
KT, which finished second in the regular season, will face NC on April 30 for a ticket to the Korean Series.
KT was the first of the 10 clubs to finish the 144-game regular season and take about three weeks off, during which time NC made it through the wild-card decider and semi-playoffs.
KT’s confidence comes not only from a physical advantage, but also from fond memories of the regular season.
After a poor start to the season due to injuries to key players, KT fell to the bottom of the standings in early June before making a frightening surge to the top from mid-June.
“Everyone thinks it’s been a miraculous year, so there’s less pressure,” said Park, who met with his teammates at Suwon Katie Weeds Park ahead of the first leg of the POs.
“It’s not that we’ve become complacent or lazy. It’s just that we’ve been doing so well that now we’re in an atmosphere where we can enjoy it,” he said, adding, 바카라사이트 “We don’t want to lose this opportunity because we’ve been doing so well.”
“I didn’t feel that much when we played (the team’s own) blue-and-white match,” he said, adding, “In training, we focused on setting up the mechanical ball as quickly as possible. I don’t think it’s going to be a problem.”
“We could feel that they’re back in shape,” he said of starting pitchers Wes Benjamin and Young-pyo Ko. It’s good news.”
NC’s starting pitcher for the day was Eric Peddie, who led the KBO with a 20-6 record, a 2.00 ERA, and 209 strikeouts this year. He also pitched well against KT with a 2.65 ERA in three games.
“Yesterday’s power analysis was quite long. “Unlike the regular season, the catcher changed from Park Se-hyuk to Kim Hyung-joon, so we’ll have to wait and see at the beginning of (the game),” Park said.
“It’s been a long time since he’s pitched in a real game, and his pitch count may be (limited), so there are a lot of variables,” he added.
“If I’m going to be out, it means that my role is more defensive than offensive,” he said, adding, “I’ve been paying more attention to the basics for three weeks so that I can do well without making mistakes.” 온라인카지노사이트